It is easy to forget just how much of a transformative figure Elvis Presley was to music. The erratic behavior, the bloated Vegas period and dying on the can have all contributed to â€œElvis as the punch lineâ€ rather than â€œElvis as Rock and Roll Godâ€. This four disc box set will help remind just how much of an inspiration Presley was to, well just about any rock band putting out albums today.
This collection was put out to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the birth of Elvis. It includes 100 of his songs remastered â€“ from his â€œBlue Kentucky Moonâ€ in the mid-50â€™s up to the remix of â€œA Little Less Conversationâ€ in the 00â€™s. Youâ€™d be hard-pressed to find a song missing from this collection and the quality of the sound of these songs is fantastic.
With 100 tracks â€“ including some deep cuts – some of his cheesier movie tunes made the list (despite what the trucker in mutton chops tells you, â€œAre You Lonesome Tonightâ€ did not hold up well over the decades). But in the end you canâ€™t argue with the bulk of the other songs that make up this box set.
Long live The King!
Rating: 9 out of 10
Top tracks: Way too many to list
Elvis Presley â€“ Elvis 75: Good Rockinâ€™ Tonight/4 CDs /100 tracks/2009/Legacy Records and RCA/www.legacyrecordings.com